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Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Hi Eric…. thanks for the follow-up. Unfortunate that it required a brute force fix, but it pretty much makes sense that with the way that Apple has presently designed iTunes, this was probably the only way to ultimately handle it. Hopefully Apple adds a “rescan” option at some point in the future.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on January 5, 2017 at 9:58 AM (CST)

Apple removes New York Times app from Chinese App Store

Why Cook?

Posted by justmewhoelse12 on January 4, 2017 at 4:49 PM (CST)

Leak claims iOS 10.3 beta to arrive next week with 'Theatre Mode'

How about the re-enabling of watching synced/downloaded tv shows while in airplane mode? When is that coming (back)? I figured out that this ability was taken away while on a flight.
Why does my device need to check with a server to play files I made myself and synced with my computer?
This is a big one, folks.

Posted by JV on January 3, 2017 at 7:20 PM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Hey Jesse… Just closing the loop to let you know I (brute force) fixed the issue. I deleted all 1800 impacted songs (around 80 live recordings) from iTunes. resync’d the library, started with a fresh and very large SD card in my phone with a new Apple Music instance (to keep away from the duplicate issue), and added the shows back into iTunes. Apple then properly saw those were unique instances of those songs and not the studio versions of the same name. Everything xfrd to the phone correctly.

Posted by Eric Nerenberg on January 3, 2017 at 3:12 PM (CST)

Leak claims iOS 10.3 beta to arrive next week with 'Theatre Mode'

Wot! No new emojis???

Posted by Jim Hill on January 3, 2017 at 9:35 AM (CST)

Apple TV gets 21 new Aerial screensavers

All very pretty and scenic.  Would’ve been bold to have included some that documented the effects of climate change, especially the China ones, or drought stricken acreage in southern and northern California.  Given what’s going on with the White House in January, it could have been an opportunity for a sort of subtle bipartisan documentary without commentary.

Posted by Tinka on December 16, 2016 at 6:56 PM (CST)

Super Mario Run now available on App Store

Unlike most games and productivity apps, to restore the $9.99 purchase you must be pre-registered with a Nintendo ID account… and that account can only be attached to ONE device at a time.
That’s right, folks! For a family of four to play Super Mario Run at the same time and share the Nintendo joy, Mom and Dad will have to shell out $40!

Posted by ScooterD35 on December 15, 2016 at 6:39 PM (CST)

Super Mario Run now available on App Store

Just popped up here Jesse…
Have a good one.

Posted by Svender on December 15, 2016 at 1:25 PM (CST)

Super Mario Run now available on App Store

It’s definitely available in the U.S., but I suspect there may be caching or server distribution issues at play here. One of our U.S. based editors already had it downloaded and was already playing it long before it was showing up on the Canadian App Store on my iPhone, but I was able to find it in the App Store on iTunes on my Mac and initiate the download that way.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on December 15, 2016 at 1:02 PM (CST)

Super Mario Run now available on App Store

SMR is not showing up yet here in the US…FYI.

Posted by Svender on December 15, 2016 at 12:46 PM (CST)

Apple loses $2 million lawsuit over employee breaks and paychecks

95 dollars for months long delays in pay checks? Was it only one day’s worth of breaks? Seems extremely low given the hardship that kind of thing could cause. Also 95 dollars seems hardly compensatory for missing time. In a world where a court can rule stealing one virtual song can be worth thousands from people with no resources, Given Apple’s resources, actual compensation for actual loss of actual time and money should be reflected appropriately. Apple has billions. Just one of those billions would/could be split between each of those employees so they could get 45-47k each. Giving employers notice that they are responsible for the theft under their business model. An example to be set.

Posted by bioglassmusic on December 14, 2016 at 7:32 PM (CST)

Some users report watchOS 3.1.1 update bricking Apple Watches

Do you get a refurbished raplacement for a 2 month watch? Their fault and no way i get a “used” one.

Posted by MOMAtteo79 on December 14, 2016 at 1:37 AM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

I noticed the first recording I deleted showed “removed” as the status for a while with the songs still listed, but each subsequent removal just simply removed the songs altogether. Just tried another one, and all the songs are gone from the library.
I’m spent. Need to take a break from this for a while.
Again, thanks for the attention and guidance. I’ll keep an eye on this thread and a few others on this topic.

Posted by Eric Nerenberg on December 9, 2016 at 3:06 PM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Ah, yes. Sorry I wasn’t clear on that — I had meant deleting them from the new library, and then going back and re-adding them (or re-syncing them) from the original library.
With properly “matched” (or “uploaded”) tracks in iTunes Match, removing a track from the cloud (e.g. from a secondary library) would not remove the original file from your hard drive — the status in the original library would change to “Removed” and you could then right-click on it and choose to “Add to iCloud Music Library.”
As I noted above, since iTunes and iCloud Music Library probably sees these as “Apple Music” tracks, it may instead simply remove them across all of your devices. That said, I just checked my own library, and in my case, I do have a few dozen Apple Music tracks still in my library with a status of “Removed” that were actual Apple Music tracks to begin with. In this case, using the “Add to iCloud Music Library” for those just comes back with an “Error” status; I’m guessing here, but my theory is this is because the original files are actually “Apple Music AAC audio files” and therefore DRM-protected and can’t be uploaded/matched so iTunes doesn’t know what to do with them.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on December 9, 2016 at 2:44 PM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

I deleted another recording of 25 songs and will let that sit for a day. I already noticed it’s gone from the phone. Maybe the duplicates won’t be there tomorrow.
On your 2nd paragraph… I assumed I had to add the songs back in. Are you saying I shouldn’t do that? Should I instead go back to the original Windows login to see the impact?

Posted by Eric Nerenberg on December 9, 2016 at 12:13 PM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Well, that’s less than ideal

Posted by Jesse Hollington on December 9, 2016 at 11:51 AM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Deleted a live recording, 28 tracks (all had ratings),
Sync’d the library with iCloud,
Restarted iTunes and the computer for good measure,
Added the 28 tracks back,
No ratings, went from ‘waiting’ to ‘uploaded’ with three errors,
Resync’d the three errors and they went to ‘uploaded’.
No ratings on any of the songs.
Checked the phone. There were duplicates of all the songs. One was the incorrectly matched studio version and one was the correct live version.
If I proceed like this, I’ll have to re-rate all the songs after I add the recordings back to the library (or give up on the ratings of these altogether). I then have to wipe the phone app and start fresh so that it won’t grab/show duplicates.
Thoughts?

Posted by Eric Nerenberg on December 9, 2016 at 11:35 AM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Yup, that’s basically it, although make sure you give it a few minutes to sync in both directions.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on December 9, 2016 at 10:52 AM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

New login and new iTunes session completed. Ready for the next step. Should I to this…
delete one of the mismatched live recordings,
sync the library so iCloud sees the change,
add the live recording back to the library from the original files.

Posted by Eric Nerenberg on December 9, 2016 at 10:38 AM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

No worries, happy to help!
Hopefully this works out for you — please keep us apprised. I feel like if this doesn’t help get it sorted, you’ll likely be left at the mercy of Apple releasing an iTunes update that allows for a proper library rescan. Good luck!

Posted by Jesse Hollington on December 9, 2016 at 9:29 AM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Got it.
And thanks a lot for taking the time on this issue. I know you don’t have to, and I really appreciate it.

Posted by Eric Nerenberg on December 9, 2016 at 9:24 AM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Heh, even with iTunes Match I’ve always maintained an old-school backup of all of my own media files (several, in fact ;) ).
When you create the new library, you can leave the settings at their defaults. It doesn’t really matter what they are for our purposes. The iTunes Media folder will be in its default location under your Windows “My Music” folder in the new account, but you shouldn’t really have anything in there other than a folder structure, as syncing up with iCloud Music Library doesn’t actually download any media files unless you specifically ask it to do so. Same for the “Copy” and “Keep Organized” options — they’re not going to matter in this case as you aren’t actually importing any tracks.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on December 9, 2016 at 9:23 AM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Okay. You’ve inspired me. Making a local backup of my music files now. (They’re already in the cloud, but I want a copy I can put my hands on, old school.)
When I create the new logon and then launch iTunes, do I keep these settings on like in the other library…  “Keep iTunes Media folder organized” and “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to the library”. It’s also going to want to point to an iTunes Media folder location.

Posted by Eric Nerenberg on December 9, 2016 at 9:20 AM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Actually, you shouldn’t lose anything at all by setting up a second library — that’s kind of the point of iCloud Music Library.
Note that I’m not talking about copying the library here — just log into a separate Windows user account, fire up iTunes, create a new, empty database, and then enable Apple Music and iCloud Music Library under the same Apple ID that you use for your primary music library.
This should result in downloading an exact copy of your cloud-based library, at least as Apple’s servers see it; it should include all of your ratings and other metadata, and an index of all of your content, although the actual media files will remain in the cloud unless you specifically choose to download them. Of course, you’ll get the mismatched tracks, but that doesn’t really matter at the end of the day — you’re just using this pseudo-library as a way to help clean up those mismatches, effectively removing them from iCloud Music Library but leaving the originals intact on your original library in the other account.
Again, test this with one or two tracks that you have backups of — iTunes will likely remove the database entries from your original library, since it sees them as “Apple Music” tracks and therefore fair game to remove, but I’m not sure whether in this case it would also remove the underlying files. I’d think it wouldn’t, but you never know since again it’s seeing them as “Apple Music” (with iTunes Match it definitely doesn’t remove them, as it knows they’re original tracks that belong to you, but since they’re tagged as “Apple Music” tracks, it could possibly change the rules).

Posted by Jesse Hollington on December 9, 2016 at 8:24 AM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

I already tried the 2nd library approach but under the same Windows user account. You’re correct—that approach shared the iTunes preferences. I suspect doing so under a different login will probably work, but 1) that is an enormous undertaking, 2) will probably lose my ratings for the live recordings, (correct?) and 3) may mess with my Apple Music subscription and all those associated ratings.
I’ll probably keep going as-is, and hope that a magic “rescan library for possible improperly matched songs” menu item appears. :-)

Posted by Eric Nerenberg on December 8, 2016 at 10:37 AM (CST)

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